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Atlantic Immigrant Pilot Program

1. What is the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program?

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP) facilitates employers in Canada to hire immigrants in order to fill vacant positions for skilled labour in the country.

In addition, the program has been designed to assist immigrants as well who intend to migrate to Atlantic Canadian provinces for settlement purpose.

These workers can apply to these job offers and receive settlement support from prospective employers while satisfying their job needs as well. So basically it’s a mutually beneficial program for both the parties.

2. Which are the Atlantic Provinces in Canada?

Which are the Atlantic Provinces in Canada?

4 Atlantic Provinces that Qualify for AIPP

  1. Nova Scotia
  2. New Brunswick
  3. Prince Edward Island (PEI), and
  4. Newfoundland and Labrador

According to statistics released by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), 1,896 employers in the Atlantic Canada region have made 3,729 job offers through the AIPP since its launch in 2017 and 2,535 principal applicants and their families have been approved for permanent residence.

The AIPP is in place until December 31, 2021.

3. What are the Advantages of Applying under AIPP?

  1. Firstly, the AIPP has no points system unlike most other permanent residency programs, which makes it a slightly more comfortable option among immigrant candidates.
  2. The program does not demand a high score to prove English language proficiency in comparison to Express Entry Program.

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4. What are the Qualifying Criteria for the Atlantic Immigration Pilot for Canada?

To apply under this program the applicant must satisfy the following qualifying criteria:

  1. They need to receive a job offer from an eligible employer based in one of the provinces of Atlantic Canada.
  2. The candidate must have a settlement plan for themselves as well as their accompanying family members. All settlement plans are free. The candidate will need to work with a settlement service provider organisation that would help create the settlement plan. Once it has been created, the candidate should submit a copy of the plan to the designated employer.
  3. The job offer made by the employer must satisfy the requirements of the particular program that the candidate has qualified for.
  4. The offer shouldn’t be in the same field as any other previous job that the candidate worked for in the past.

5. How to Apply for the Atlantic Immigration Pilot for Canada?

How to Apply for the Atlantic Immigration Pilot for Canada?

The AIPP has 3 sub-categories that enable skilled immigrants to apply for permanent residence in the Atlantic Canada provinces. Besides, even international students can also look to apply under this program. Following are the 3 streams for application:

  1. Atlantic High-Skilled Program
  2. Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program
  3. Atlantic International Graduate Program
  1. Prerequisites for Applying under Atlantic High-Skilled Program
  2. The applicant is required to display the following work experience:

    1. Obtained at least one year of full-time (or part-time equivalent) work experience during the last three years in your primary occupation at the NOC, skill level 0 (for management jobs), skill level A (for professional jobs), or skill level B (for technical and skilled trades)
    2. Performed the tasks stated in the lead statement of the NOC
    3. Performed a significant number of the primary duties listed in the NOC
    4. The work experience must be in paid work (volunteer service or unpaid internships do not count for AIPP)
    5. Overseas work experience also counts provided the candidate was legally authorized to work in Canada as a temporary resident

    Besides, the applicant must possess a high-school diploma, post-secondary certificate, or valid degree that is equivalent to a Canadian degree. They must also have level 4 proficiency in the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) for listening, speaking, reading, and writing English.

  3. Prerequisites for Applying under Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program
  4. The candidate must have worked for at least 1,560 hours within the last 3 years. You can count your work hours both in part-time and full-time jobs.However, the hours must be in one occupation only, though with different employers. Also, these work hours must be paid for (voluntary or unpaid internships and self-employed work hours don’t count). However, these hours may be within or outside Canada.

    The applicant must have performed the following type of work:

    1. NOC skill level C that requires secondary (high school) education and/or job-specific training
    2. Experience at a higher skill level as a registered nurse, registered psychiatric nurse (NOC skill level A), or a licensed practical nurse (NOC skill level B).You may also be considered if you have a job offer as a nurse’s aide, orderly or patient services associate, or a home support worker (both NOC C) The applicants are also required to have high-school diploma, post-secondary certificate, or valid degree equivalent to Canadian degree. They must also possess level 4 in the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) for listening, speaking, reading and writing English.
  5. Prerequisites for Applying under Atlantic International Graduate Program
  6. This program does not require the applicants to possess work experience, however, they must:

    1. Have lived in an Atlantic province for at least 16 months in the 2 years before obtaining their degree, diploma or other credentials
    2. Satisfy all the educational requirements
    3. Clear a language test to prove proficiency in communicating in English or French
    4. Proof of sufficient funds to support oneself and accompanying family in Canada

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6. What is the Age Limit for AIPP Canada?

Ideally, candidates who fall between the age range of 18-35 years are preferred because they are considered ideal candidates for permanent residency status. However, candidates aged above 35 years (till 50 years) will be accepted for permanent residency.

7. What are the Documents Required for the AIPP?

The candidate applying for AIPP would be required to submit the following documents in the correct order. Accuracy in document submission would help speed up the visa processing time.

  1. Results of English language test: Canadian Permanent Residency under the AIPP requires certain international immigrants to take an English language test (IELTS or TOEFL) to prove their proficiency in the language. This is required particularly if the applicant has plans to settle in the country. Therefore, they must duly provide the results of this test at the time of submitting the application.
  2. Education report: This is a requisite for those candidates who have completed their studies outside of Canada. Such applicants need to get their education accredited through the Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report. This report is a proof that the candidate’s educational qualifications are equivalent to the education system in Canada. The candidate must submit this report while filing the application.
  3. Proof of funds: The applicants would need to show that they are capable of financially supporting themselves as well as their family members during their stay in Canada. They would need to submit a legitimate proof of funds to the immigration department for doing so.

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8. What is the Latest Update on the AIPP?

What is the Latest Update on the AIPP?

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program was launched in 2017 essentially as an employer-driven program. The pilot project is now in its third year and after having run successfully so far, the increasingly popular pilot program is now being extended up to the end of 2021.

The Canadian immigration announced this year that the pilot program would now loosen up some of its eligibility requirements to facilitate more family members (spouses and partners of applicants) to work and live in Canada,and help unite with their family settled in Canada.

9. What are the Basic Steps for Applying under the AIPP?

  1. The applicants must first obtain a job offer from an approved employerin Canada, to be able to move to one of the provinces of Atlantic Canada.
  2. The applicants also need to secure provincial endorsement before being able to submit an application to the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
  3. The applicants who receive a job offer from a designated employer and a referral letter issued by one of the Atlantic provinces may stand eligible to apply for a one-year Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)-exempt, employer-specific work permit.

10. Is There Any Qualifying Criteria for Employers Too?

Yes, the employers who wish to hire capable and skilled immigrants under the AIPP program would need to apply to the provinces to receive the designation. Every employer in different provinceswould need different/separate designations for each province.

The employers need to satisfy certain criteria to receive approval for hiring skilled immigrants under the program.These include commitment on their part to support the new immigrant and their accompanying family members to settle into everyday life in the Atlantic province.


1. Can I move to another province after applying under AIPP?

New immigrants to the province are required to comply with the federal law of the specific province or territory for which they have been nominated. As part of the law, they are required to stay in the province for a specified duration of time.

2. Is LMIA required by employers for AIPP?

Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) is generally complicated and even costs higher (approx. $1,000). It also takes longer processing time. Therefore, it’s usually not required under the AIPP.

For more assistance on applying for PR under AIPP, contact one of our expert team members today and make your way into finding work and settling in one of the Atlantic provinces of Canada.

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